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Time To Heal: Rwanda Finally Closes Its Controversial Genocide Tribunals

After 10 years and about two million sentences, the tribunals overseeing genocide prosecutions have finally closed. Many Rwandans feel more relieved than reconciled.

Gacaca courts (Elisa Finocchiaro)
Gacaca courts (Elisa Finocchiaro)
Albert-Baudoin Twizeyimana

KIGALI - Nearly a million people were killed in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide of ethnic Tutsi minorities and moderate Hutus. A decade ago community-based "Gacaca" tribunals were set up to oversee genocide prosecutions, with the hopes that it could achieve both justice and some measure of national reconciliation. With the closing of the last of these special genocide tribunals this month, the process has received notably mixed reviews.

Gacaca courts are a Rwandan tradition: an informal tribunal to address village or familial disputes. Gacaca (pronounced gatchatcha) means "soft grass," symbolic for a meeting place. These special courts have handed out some two million sentences over the past 10 years.

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